About our students: Nicole Pinnell

The students are our focus at AMS online.

With our 1:1 mentorship model and expert industry professionals working as our mentors and advisors we pride ourselves in the bespoke, enlightening experience our students experience when studying with us.

That's easy for us to say, but don't just take our word for it, here is what Masters in Popular Music Performance graduate Nicole Pinnell has been up to since she graduated in 2022, and some choice words she had to say about AMS online.

Links to all Nicole's work are in the paragraph below.

Well done Nicole!

Nicole Pinnell 

"I learned so much on my degree. It hasn't just catapulted my career, it has ignited how I think about work and play. It's been an exciting few years."

Links to Nicole's  work since graduating with AMS online in 2022

New YouTube Channel for Creative Projectshttps://youtu.be/-qY2a_KjUxQ?si=FBZinl1c-rCftRn8(fellow AMS Online graduate Nick Petty and I will have two releases on this channel in December)

New Improv Course for Cellists
Solo cellist for the Hogwarts Legacy Video Game
Composers of the game achieve Grammy nomination
Touring Europe as a Soloist with Mobius Leadership as Expressive Arts Faculty Member


Record Applications AMS online October 2023

Welcome to the New Semester!

We are delighted to welcome our new students on the Foundation Degree, BA Hons Top Up and the Masters Music & Sound who are starting their courses with us this semester.

We have a mixture of over 40 music students with different passions starting with us this semester on full time courses and we look forward to supporting them to reach their potential over the coming weeks and months.

Our latest group of students are from 13 different countries, across multiple time zones, and will be benefitting from our 1:1 mentorship and direction model for their studies.

Our next intake will be January 2024 and we are accepting applications now!

We have enjoyed record numbers of applications this year, if you are interested in learning more about AMS online our FAQ page is HERE> 

and our course pages are HERE>

We look forward to hearing from you!

amsonline student intake February 2021



David Verney Blog with AMS Online review

David Verney, the esteemed publisher and proprietor of krannaken.com, has successfully accomplished our MMus program, a long-anticipated achievement he has ardently pursued. Impressed by his exceptional dedication and achievements, we extended an invitation for him to join our upcoming doctorate in music program, which is currently in the planning stages. However, given his substantial responsibilities as a prominent blogger, he may consider revisiting the opportunity at a later time.

In addition to his impressive academic accomplishments, David has generously shared a comprehensive account of his musical odyssey, delving into the intricacies of his journey. Furthermore, he has thoughtfully analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of online education, providing valuable insights to our institution.

Read David's review of music course to take remotely in the UK here- BLOG

To learn more about David Varney and what he does, you should visit his website highlighted below.


MMus Graduate Malory Chipman releases new EP

We are thrilled to announce the release of an exceptional EP by Malory Chipman, a recent graduate of our MMus in Music & Sound program. This EP showcases Malory's remarkable talent as both a composer and writer, featuring music that they skillfully composed for their Masters level project. The concept behind this captivating release revolves around the melodies of birdcalls originating from Malory's cherished home province of Alberta, Canada.

By drawing inspiration from the enchanting birdcalls found in their surroundings, Malory Chipman has created a truly unique and evocative musical experience. The incorporation of these melodies into their compositions demonstrates Malory's exceptional creativity and ability to merge diverse elements into cohesive and captivating works of art.

We congratulate Malory Chipman on this milestone achievement and eagerly anticipate the recognition and opportunities that await them as their musical journey continues. This EP stands as a testament to their artistic vision and the immense talent they possess.


Alumni performs with Sam Ryder and Justin Hawkins on New Year

Former student Lewis Allen performed at the New Year's Eve party celebration bringing in the bells for 2023. He's always keeping busy with regular performances and uploading a whole pelethora of content on his YouTube channel so if you're looking for tips, tricks, shredz? You certainly need to view his channel

Lewis Allen Youtube

AMS Online Alumnus Features on Hogwarts Legacy

Former AMS Online Alumnus (Nicole Pinnell) features on the new Harry Potter game 'Hogwarts Legacy' due for release late February 2023. It's always great to hear from former students that are able to share their successes after moving on and we wish the very best for Nicole and her future endeavors.

Nicole mentions: Also, I wrote a solo cello album for Warner Brothers this summer (not yet released). I have been hired to play 6 weeks of solo shows in Europe in 2023. Other great happenings too. My career is going up for sure. Thanks for all the good work at AMS. Eugene has helped with this immensely, so thank you again for allowing me to have him as my mentor for AMS.

Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software released today an orchestral music video to “Overture to the Unwritten” set over original gameplay footage from the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game which is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2023.  Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.

“Overture to the Unwritten” features local studio musicians from Avalanche Software’s home state, Utah, including choir and orchestral members from the University of Utah, BYU, Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra and featuring renowned recording artists Nicole Pinnell, Nicole Klossner, Ryan Shupe, Abe Kaelin, Bart Olson, John Knudsen and Dune Moss. The video, filmed on location at big idea music studios in Sandy, Utah and Media Grabbers in North Salt Lake City, Utah, features the original composition by composers chuck e. myers “sea”, J. Scott Rakozy and Peter Murray and performed by a 54-piece orchestra conducted by Nathan Hofheins.

Projected behind the orchestra and interspliced throughout the music video, the original gameplay footage traverses throughout the Hogwarts Castle and the expansive surrounding areas including Hogsmeade, to reveal the vastness of the world. The orchestral song conjures a magical melody reminiscent of the Wizarding World fans are accustomed to while evoking an older descant from ancient lore.

As of today, fans are now able to stream or digitally purchase “Overture to the Unwritten.” All of the additional music from Hogwarts Legacy will be available on launch day on the Hogwarts Legacy (Original Video Game Soundtrack). Additionally, songs from Hogwarts Legacy will be featured on a second album titled, Hogwarts Legacy (Study Themes From the Original Video Game Soundtrack), an album focusing on more ambient, chill, relaxing music that is ideal to listen to while studying for classes at Hogwarts or any school. Both albums will be released by WaterTower Music and will be available at all digital streaming services.

To view and share the Hogwarts Legacy Orchestral Music video


Next Start Date February 2023

Our popular online music programmes have two start points each year and the next one is approaching in February 2023!

Places on our Foundation Degree Music & Sound, BA Hons Top Up Music & Sound and also the Post Graduate Masters in Music & Sound are all available.

Courses are delivered 100% online.

No need to visit a campus or attend any lectures.

The support for your programme is 1:1 via video call at a time to suit you, all you need to provide is the internet connection, a space to work and the right mindset.

Our programmes are validated and supported by The University of West London, one of the top Universities in the UK.

To learn more, why not attend our open Q and A session on Thursday December 15th?

Our advisors will open a Zoom room specifically for those interested in AMS online courses and can answer your questions there.

Register your interest by following the link HERE> 

See you there!

AMS Partner University Ranks Highly in the Times

AMS are delighted to share excellent news on behalf of our partnership University, University of West London. UWL has been named “University of the year for Teaching Quality” and “University of the Year for Student Experience” in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. 

UWL are now ranked in the top ten universities in London and has risen to an impressive 40th place in these latest national rankings.

This is the first time that both awards have been given to one university in the same year, and it is also the second time in the last three years that UWL has received the student experience accolade.

Receiving these two awards is a tremendous achievement and one that perfectly captures the ethos of UWL as a university. We are proud to work along side UWL to deliver a high quality of teaching and support across all our campuses and online as part of The Academy of Music and Sound.

The University of West London shared the following statement on their great news:

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do and that is why we have a relentless focus on delivering the best possible student experience so that they may thrive and achieve the success they deserve. It is gratifying to have that effort recognised with this latest accolade for student experience. This comes on the back of our successful National Student Survey results earlier in the year.”


amsonline fast track scheme music course 2021 online music degree

Our Fast-Track scheme to get ahead in 2021

Out of music work? Lost out on gigging? Now more than ever, might just be the perfect time for musicians to hop onto a flexible online music course, a chance to expand existing skills and get ahead of the game when things open up again.

At AMSonline, we understand that for many aspiring musicians, time is precious and juggling aspirations with life’s other responsibilities can be a challenge. Through a unique Fast-Track process, AMSonline saves students valuable time by rewarding hard work and real-life experiences and mapping these against the earlier years of an Online BA (Hons) course

This means FAST-TRACK entry into the final year of the BA (Hons) qualification. Students may achieve a BA (Hons) degree in as little as 2 Semesters full-time (26 weeks) or 3 Semesters part-time (39 weeks), without the need for formal prior qualifications.


Music Producer


Anyone with extensive experience (5yrs+) as a performer, songwriter, producer, publisher, tour manager, artist representation, audio engineer, festival organiser, business owner, composer, teacher, and many others professions and occupations, is welcome to apply for the scheme. All relevant experience can count towards Fast-Tracking. 

For anyone interested in developing a career in formal teaching, achieving a BA(Hons) is a must-have step in gaining a postgraduate certificate of education. Having an honours degree could also help you progress much more quickly to M.Mus level, which you may need for a variety of careers in the industry such as Music Therapy.


AMS Principle - Steve Ryan

A message from Principal:

We believe that this presents a fantastic opportunity for anyone in the music business to up- skill and be able to add a potential new income stream to their earnings as a musician. Perhaps, at a time when the music business has been hit harder than most through the pandemic, it is important to ignore Government advice to re-train as a plumber or some-such but instead to add to an existing musical skill set. All Participants are eligible for a Student Loan to cover the tuition fees providing they meet the criteria.  

Please come aboard and join us. Is it time your Music Industry experience was recognised Academically and helped provide real options for your future? 

Steve Ryan

Principal, The Academy of Music and Sound